What is the purpose of UMD Seminar?
UMD Seminar facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
UMD Seminar is a course designed to assist students in making a successful transition to UMD. It is an introduction to the academic, social, cultural, and personal opportunities that UMD can offer. Students will examine who they are, explore who they are becoming at UMD, and begin thinking about how their UMD experiences will affect their lives and the world around them after they graduate. UMD Seminar requires both practical and reflective learning, where students are encouraged to focus on how the course material applies to their unique experience as a new UMD student. The course will help students achieve success in their educational and life goals by making personal connections, laying the foundation for lifelong learning, and participating in diverse communities. It is an invitation to possibilities.
What is UMD Seminar like?
UMD Seminar is a one-to-two credit University-wide orientation course. This course was developed to help new students with their transition into the university community. Topics addressed in this course include connecting to campus, healthy college living, time management, study strategies, career/major exploration, academic planning, goal-setting, critical thinking and other topics that help first-year students succeed academically, personally and socially.
Sections of UMD Seminar are limited to 25 students, and each section promotes discussion and active learning about topics important to new students. The small class size and active discussions provide opportunities for students to form connections with their instructor, teaching assistant, and fellow students.
The course instructors are current UMD faculty and staff who work closely with new students and have a desire to provide meaningful support and outreach to them. Students will receive practical experience and timely information which is based on new student needs and developmental stages. Course instructors work in partnership with an UMD Seminar Teaching Assistant.
UMD Seminar Teaching Assistants play an important role in UMD Seminar courses. Each section of UMD Seminar has a teaching assistant who works closely with the instructor and the students in the class. Teaching assistants are current UMD undergraduates. Before working with an UMD Seminar section, they interview and take a 1-credit training course. UMD Seminar TAs help teach lessons, provide feedback on assignments, communicate with students in the class, meet with the instructor, and generate a welcoming, helpful environment for students.
What are the UMD Seminar Goals?
The UMD Seminar Goals
What are the UMD Seminar Learning Outcomes?
The UMD Seminar Learning Outcomes
Who takes UMD Seminar?
The short answer: most new students! UMD Seminar is required of students in the following UMD colleges:
At your Advisement & Registration session you'll receive more information about the UMD Seminar course. Your faculty advisor and student advisor will both talk with you about options for taking the UMD Seminar course and will help you register.
What are the options for taking UMD Seminar?
Students admitted for the spring term will sign up for a general one-credit UMD Seminar section during their first (spring) semester. Students admitted for the fall term have a number of options for UMD Seminar. Talk with your advisors at Advisement & Registration to find out more. Possibilities include one- and two-credit sections tailored to specific topics or special populations of students, such as students in certain undergraduate colleges or majors or students participating in learning communities through the residence halls. While the content of the course is the same as other sections, the examples and information is tailored to the unique topic or needs of the population of students enrolled in the course.
How would I become a Teaching Assistant?
Are you interested in becoming an UMD Seminar Teaching Assistant? The hiring process for UMD Seminar teaching assistants occurs in February or March of all academic years after students complete the TA training course during early spring semester. If you are interested in being an UMD Seminar TA, contact the Office for Students in Transition front desk (firstname.lastname@example.org), 42 Solon Campus Center, 218-726-6393
UMD Seminar Advisory Group Report
In February 2015, the Advisory Group provided a full report, complete with recommendations for moving forward with UMD Seminar, to the Campus Curriculum Subcommittee (CCS). After reviewing the report, the CCS put forward recommendations to the UMD Faculty Council.